Android games recap: Apex Legends Mobile launched worldwide, Fortnite now available on any screen
If April was a big month for Android gaming, May managed to eclipse it. Not only is Apex Legends Mobile finally out, Fortnite is now back on mobile. After a long legal battle with Apple, Epic managed to officially bring Fortnite back to iOS and Android with the help of Microsoft’s cloud gaming platform. In case you missed any of this month’s big news, we’ll go over exactly what you want to know.
Apex Legends Mobile Launches Worldwide
Apex Legends Mobile made its global debut after several regional betas and a soft launch earlier this year. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out over the next few months and if he can maintain his player base, but Season 1 looks promising. Respawn has previously stated that Apex Legends Mobile is a separate entity from Apex Legends on console and PC, so it will have its own roadmap with different seasons of content and an independent update cadence.
I spent quite a bit of time playing it for my exam and had a lot more fun than expected. There will certainly be growing pains as Respawn improves controller support and people get used to touch controls and game flow on mobile devices, but it does make the franchise much more accessible to new players.
Respawn even designed a legend exclusively for mobile. Fade is all about movement to try and increase the pace of gameplay. His passive skill, called Surge, allows players to quickly increase their speed after performing a knee slide. His tactic, Flash Back, brings him back 60 yards from his previous location.
Overall, Apex Legends Mobile is off to a good start.
Warcraft Arclight Rumble Announced
Blizzard’s mobile adventure continues with Warcraft Arclight Rumble, a PvE collection strategy game featuring a single-player campaign, quests, dungeons, and raids. Players are meant to collect a variety of figures which can then be used in battles. These battles mostly take place in handcrafted levels where troops are sent to march down one or more lanes to defeat a boss at the end.
We were able to dive into a first look and found that while it has the basics, it definitely needs a little extra polish before it’s ready for launch. The Blizzard team is also still discussing which game modes should be cooperative or not.
“We’re still figuring out the specifics of co-op modes. One of the things that made WoW Classic so great was playing dungeons with multiple people, playing raids with multiple people,” said Adam Kugler , associated. game director at Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re testing it, we’ll see how our audience responds to find the right thread.”
Will I try the game myself? Probably not. It’s not my kind of game, but I’m glad more people can experience the Warcraft universe in a new way.
Fortnite available on any screen via the Cloud
Fortnite has had a rough life on mobile devices. It wasn’t officially available on the Google Play Store or the App Store for a very long time – it was sadly removed from iOS, resulting in a pretty big lawsuit between Epic and Apple and for similar reasons on the Play Store – but it could be side loaded on Android. Thanks to the power of Xbox Cloud Gaming, virtually any device can now run it.
Microsoft has partnered with Epic to bring Fortnite to its Xbox Cloud Gaming service, allowing almost anyone with a phone and an Xbox account to stream the popular battle royale. Even better, streaming means it can be played on the highest possible settings, provided your internet connection is stable and up to date. Best of all, free; you don’t need an Xbox Game Pass membership to play!
GeForce Now has even gotten in on the Fortnite action, bringing what’s pretty much a PS5-level graphics upgrade to mobile devices. Its touch controls aren’t wonky anymore either, so that’s good.
EA is bringing Lord of the Rings to mobile
The Lord of the Rings is getting the mobile game treatment. EA has announced a free collectible RPG titled The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth. While the company didn’t provide a slew of details, we do know it will feature “immersive storytelling, turn-based combat, in-depth collection systems, and a broad roster of characters” from the universe though. -loved, according to a press release.
I’m all for more games based on The Lord of the Rings, but they need to be done right. Monolith’s Middle-earth series was fantastic with its Nemesis system, and I wonder what EA can bring to mobile. There’s also Lord of the Rings: Gollum due out later this year, but I don’t know how I feel about that one.
Catalyst Black comes to Android
Super Evil developer Megacorp released its battlefield shooter Catalyst Black on May 25. This comes nearly a decade after the studio released Vainglory, one of the very first MOBAs to hit mobile devices. While Catalyst Black isn’t a MOBA per se, it takes lessons from Vainglory to create an even better experience where every player has a chance to become the hero.
It joins the growing ranks of Android games coming out this month, and given that the team went to great lengths to listen to player feedback during Early Access, it should have a long life ahead of it. .
Genshin Impact update 2.7 is finally available
Genshin Impact update 2.7 has been mysteriously delayed for unknown reasons, breaking a long-standing consistent update cadence, but HoYoverse has revealed that it’s finally ready for players to enjoy. The 2.7 update hit all platforms on May 31st and the developer even said that the 2.8 update would follow soon after on July 13th.
While Update 2.7 adds Yelan and Kuki Shinobu as playable characters, HoYoverse also teased what players can expect in the coming months by announcing Shikanoin Heizou, a “young detective from the Tenryou Commission”. , described as “free-spirited and unruly, yet cheerful and lively.”
Let’s see what’s announced this summer
It remains to be seen what the summer will hold for Android game announcements, but gamers should probably expect some big news in the coming months. Although EA has been coy about The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth, I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear about it sooner rather than later. But then again, my predictions are often wrong. So who knows 🤷.
Until next time 👋